March 8, 2015

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Crufts dog dies after suspected poisoning –
A dog has died after competing at Crufts, amid claims he was poisoned. Three-year-old Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger, is understood to have collapsed and died after returning home to Belgium on Friday. Police in Belgium are investigating and a full toxicology report is expected next week. The husband of Jagger’s co-owner said: “I can only hope it wasn’t an act of jealousy by another competitor, but just a lunatic.” Jagger, who came second in his class at Birmingham’s NEC on Thursday, is owned by Belgian Aleksandra Lauwers and Leicester-based breeder Dee Milligan-Bott. [BBC] See List of the Day.

Solar plane takes of to fly round the world –
A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane has got under way from Abu Dhabi. The aircraft – called Solar Impulse-2 – took off from the Emirate, heading east to Muscat in Oman. Over the next five months, it will skip from continent to continent, crossing both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in the process. Andre Borschberg was at the controls of the single-seater vehicle as it took off at 07:12 local time (03:12 GMT). He will share the pilot duties in due course with fellow Swiss, Bertrand Piccard. See Video of the Day.

Wheels come off epic plan –
Producers working on the remake of the Oscar-winning Ben Hur have been barred from shooting the epic chariot scene at the Circus Maximus. Filmmakers already on location in Rome and the southern city of Matera reportedly made a request to use the ancient stadium immortalised by the film in December. But it was feared the decision to bring hundreds of extras and heavy vehicles into a fragile archaeological site would lead to public outcry. [Daily Mail]

Video of the Day –

Launch of Solar Impulse

List of the day –

Best in Show at Crufts since 1928 (Wikipedia)

Year Winner Breed Group Owner(s)
1928 Primeley Sceptre Greyhound Hound Mr Herbert Whitley
1929 Heather Necessity Scottish Terrier Terrier Mr Robert Chapman
1930 Luckystar of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd
1931 Luckystar of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd
1932 Bramshaw Bob Labrador Retriever Gundog Countess Lorna Howe
1933 Bramshaw Bob Labrador Retriever Gundog Countess Lorna Howe
1934 Southball Moonstone Greyhound Hound B Harland-Worden
1935 Pennine Prima Donna Pointer Gundog Mr Arthur Eggleston
1936 Choonam Hung Kwong Chow Chow Utility Mrs. Violet Mannooch
1937 Cheveralla Ben of Banchory Labrador Retriever Gundog Countess Lorna Howe
1938 Exquisite Model of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd
1939 Exquisite Model of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd
1948 Tracey Witch of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd
1950 Tracey Witch of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd
1951 Twynstar Dyma-Fi Welsh Terrier Terrier Capt. & Mrs I Morlais Thomas
1952 Noways Chuckles Bulldog Utility Mr John T. Bernard
1953 Elch Elder of Ouborough Great Dane Working Mr Bill G. Siggers
1955 Tzigane Affri of Nashend Poodle (Standard) Utility Mrs. April Proctor
1956 Treetops Golden Falcon Greyhound Hound Mr. Judy de Cassembroot and Miss Bobbie Greenish
1957 Volkrijk of Vorden Keeshond Utility Mrs. Rene Tucker
1958 Chiming Bells Pointer Gundog Mrs. Bill Parkinson
1959 Sandstorm Saracen Welsh Terrier Terrier Mrs. D M Leach and Mrs. Margaret Thomas
1960 Sulhamstead Merman Irish Wolfhound Hound Florence Nagle and Marion Clark
1961 Riverina Tweedsbairn Airedale Terrier Terrier Mr Pat McCaughey and Mr Mac Shutch
1962 Crackwyn Cockspur Wire Fox Terrier Terrier Mr. Harry L Gill
1963 Rogerholm Recruit Lakeland Terrier Terrier Mr. Bill Rogers
1964 Silbury Soames of Madavale English Setter Gundog Mrs. Ada Williams
1965 Fenton of Kentwood German Shepherd Dog Pastoral Sonnica H Godden
1966 Oakington Puckshill Amber Sunblush Poodle (Toy) Utility Mrs. Clare E Perry
1967 Stingray of Derryabah Lakeland Terrier Terrier Mr. Wilf and Mrs. Betty Postlewaite
1968 Fanhill Faune Dalmatian Utility Mrs. Jean Woodyatt
1969 Hendrawen’s Nibelung of Charavigne German Shepherd Dog Pastoral Mr Edwin and Mrs Shirley White
1970 Bergerie Knur Pyrenean Mountain Dog Working Mr Fred and Mrs Constance Prince
1971 Ramacon Swashbuckler German Shepherd Dog Pastoral Prince Ahmed Husain
1972 Abraxas Audacity English Bull Terrier Terrier Violet Drummond-Dick
1973 Alansmere Aquarius Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Toy Mr Alan Hall and Mr John Evans
1974 Burtonswood Bossy Boots St. Bernard Working Marjorie Hindes
1975 Brookewire Brandy of Layven Wire Fox Terrier Terrier Mr Giuseppe Benelli and Mr Paolo Dondini
1976 Dianthus Buttons West Highland White Terrier Terrier Mrs Kath Newstead & Mrs Dorothy Taylor
1977 Bournehouse Dancing Master English Setter Gundog Mr Gordon F Williams
1978 Harrowhill Huntsman Wire Fox Terrier Terrier Miss Evelyn Howles
1979 Callaghan of Leander Kerry Blue Terrier Terrier Wendy Streatfield
1980 Shargleam Blackcap Retriever (Flat Coated) Gundog Pat Chapman
1981 Astley Portia of Rua Irish Setter Gundog Colette and Mary Tuite
1982 Grayco Hazelnut Poodle (Toy) Utility Mrs Lesley A Howard
1983 Montravia Kaskarak Hitari Afghan Hound Hound Pauline Gibbs
1984 Saxonsprings Hackensack Lhasa Apso Utility Jean Blyth
1985 Montravia Tommy-Gun Poodle (Standard) Utility Mrs Marita Gibbs
1986 Ginger Xmas Carol Airedale Terrier Terrier Miss Alessendra Sommi-Livraghi
1987 Viscount Grant Afghan Hound Hound Mr Chris and Mrs Julie Amoo
1988 Starlite Express at Valsett English Setter Gundog Mr Joe W and Mrs Val Watkin
1989 Potterdale Classic of Moonhill Bearded Collie Pastoral Brenda White
1990 Olac Moon Pilot West Highland White Terrier Terrier Mr Derek Tattersall
1991 Raycrofts Socialite Clumber Spaniel Gundog Mr Ralph Dunne
1992 Pencloe Dutch Gold Whippet Hound Morag Bolton-Lockhart
1993 Danaway Debonair Irish Setter Gundog Jackie Lorrimer
1994 Purston Hit and Miss From Brocolitia Welsh Terrier Terrier Mrs A. Maughan
1995 Starchelle Chicago Bear Irish Setter Gundog Mrs Rachel Shaw-Rainey and Mr Tony Rainey
1996 Canigou Cambrai English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Tricia Bentley
1997 Ozmilion Mystification Yorkshire Terrier Toy Osman Sameja
1998 Saredon Forever Young Welsh Terrier Terrier Judith Averis
1999 Caspians Intrepid Irish Setter Gundog Jackie Lorimer
2000 Torums Scarf Michael Kerry Blue Terrier Terrier Mr Ron Ramsay
2001 Jethard Cidevant Basenji Hound Mr Paul Singleton
2002 Topscore Contradiction Poodle (Standard) Utility Mr S and Mrs K Glenna
2003 Yakee A Dangerous Liaison Pekingese Toy Mr Easdon and Mr Martin
2004 Cobyco Call the Tune Whippet Hound Mrs L Yacoby-Wright
2005 Cracknor Cause Celebre Norfolk Terrier Terrier Elizabeth Matell, Pam Beale
and Stephanie Ingram
2006 Caitland Isle Take a Chance Australian Shepherd Pastoral Nancy Resetar
2007 Araki Fabulous Willy Tibetan Terrier Utility Mr John Shaw and Mr Neil Smith
2008 Jafrak Philippe Olivier Giant Schnauzer Working Mr and Mrs Cullen
2009 Efbe’s Hidalgo At Goodspice Sealyham Terrier Terrier Marjorie Good
2010 Hungargunn Bear It’n Mind Hungarian Vizsla Gundog Mrs N and Mrs K Craggs and Armstrong
2011 Vbos The Kentuckian Retriever (Flat-Coated) Gundog Jim Irvine
2012 Zentarr Elizabeth Lhasa Apso Utility Margaret Anderson
2013 Soletrader Peek A Boo Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Hound Sara Robertson and Wendy Doherty
2014 Afterglow Maverick Sabre Poodle (Standard) Utility Jason Lynn, John Stone and Sandra Stone
2015 McVan’s To Russia With Love Scottish Terrier Terrier M L Khenkina

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